Larry Kenon

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Larry Kenon
No. 35, 9
Power forward
Personal information
Born (1952-12-13) December 13, 1952 (age 61)
Birmingham, Alabama
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (206 cm)
Listed weight 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school Ullman (Birmingham, Alabama)
College Amarillo JC (1970–1972)
Memphis (1972–1973)
NBA draft 1973 / Round: 3 / Pick: 50th overall
Selected by the Detroit Pistons
Pro playing career 1973–1983
Career history
19731975 New York Nets (ABA)
19751980 San Antonio Spurs (ABA and NBA)
19801982 Chicago Bulls
1982–1983 Golden State Warriors
1983 Cleveland Cavaliers
Career highlights and awards
Career ABA and NBA statistics
Points 12,954 (17.2 ppg)
Rebounds 6,701 (8.9 rpg)
Assists 1,672 (2.2 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Larry Joe Kenon (born December 13, 1952) is an American former professional basketball player.

A 6'9" forward who had a productive career in both the American Basketball Association (ABA) and the National Basketball Association (NBA), Kenon played for the New York Nets, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers.

College[edit]

Kenon transferred from Amarillo College to play basketball at Memphis State University. In his junior year, 1972–73, he averaged 20.1 points and 16.7 rebounds per game and led the Tigers to the NCAA championship game, where they were defeated by the Bill Walton-led UCLA Bruins. After that season, one in which he was named Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year, Kenon left Memphis State and turned pro.

ABA career[edit]

In 1973, the Detroit Pistons selected Kenon in the third round (15th pick overall) of the NBA Draft. He was also drafted by the Memphis Tams of the ABA, but the New York Nets secured his draft rights. During his 1973-74 rookie season, Kenon averaged 15.9 points and 11.5 rebounds per game on the Julius Erving-led Nets team that won the 1974 ABA Championship.

After averaging 18.7 points during the 1974-75 season, Kenon was traded to San Antonio for Swen Nater. Once again he averaged 18.7 points, along with 11.1 rebounds per game in the Spurs' final season in the ABA before they joined the NBA with the Nets, Denver Nuggets and Indiana Pacers.

Kenon made the All-Star Team in each of his three ABA seasons, and competed in the first-ever Slam Dunk Contest during the 1976 ABA All-Star Game. In 249 ABA games, Kenon had scored 4,419 points and grabbed 2,759 rebounds for an average of 17.7 and 11.1 per game, respectively.

NBA career[edit]

Kenon enjoyed the best years of his career in San Antonio playing alongside George Gervin. In each of the four seasons they were teammates after the ABA-NBA merger, both averaged at least 20 points per game. In those four NBA seasons, Kenon averaged 21.9 (1976-77), 20.6 (1977-78), 22.1 (1978-79) and 20.1 (1979-80) points per game. He also made the NBA All-Star team in 1978 and 1979. He also averaged at least 10.7 rebounds per game in each of those four seasons, his high being 12.0 in 1976-77.

After the 1979-80 season Kenon signed with the Chicago Bulls. While his minutes per game went down in Chicago (28.1 during the 1980-81 season; he had never averaged fewer than 34.6 previously), he averaged 14.1 points per game; however, this would be his last effective season.

In his seven NBA seasons, Kenon played 503 games and scored 8535 points for a 17.0 average. His NBA and ABA totals were 12,954 points for a 17.2 average.

Other accomplishments[edit]

  • Though Memphis State, now the University of Memphis, has retired the numbers of other former basketball players, like Larry Finch, Keith Lee, and Anfernee Hardaway, Larry Kenon also had his number retired. He arguably had the most successful pro career of any Memphis State basketball player.

Personal life[edit]

Kenon converted to the Muslim faith after retiring from basketball; he now goes by the name of Muhsin Kenon. [1]

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